Praxis II: English Content
Strengthen their Voice...
We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language.
"I took a full-length practice test a few weeks before the actual test which really helped me to understand how difficult it is to gage time." -Anne
"Pick the obvious answer. English majors overthink the questions because we are taught to analyze everything." - Jackie
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Praxis Registration Information
When starting to think about taking the Praxis II exam, the first questions to cross one's mind are: What, When, Where, and How. This PDF on Praxis Registration Information will help answer those questions.
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You can and should study for the Praxis II English Content exam. Take this Praxis Preparation tutorial as a starting point. It will direct you toward study materials and will help you create a study plan. (The tutorial had audio, so make sure your sound is on!)
Each topic below is linked to a set of power point flashcards. Either flip through them electronically or print them out as six-slide-per-page handouts and make your own hard-copy flip cards. (Download this PDF for instructions on creating your own hardcopy flashcards).
*These flashcards are not comprehensive of all the information that could appear on the Praxis II exam. Organizing study groups is an excellent way to cover and share large amounts of information.
**Thank you to Megan McGowan, Jennifer Coultrap-Hogan, and Mrs. White's fall 2006 Language Learning class for helping to construct the following Praxis II flashcards.
Reading and Understanding Text 55%
Language and Linguistics 15%
Composition and Rhetoric 30%
Reading Comprehension & Test Taking and Study Skills
Reading comprehension makes up 55% of the Praxis exam, a daunting figure, especially if you've been out of school for some time. It is worth while, then, to devote special attention to this portion of the exam. To brush up on general reading comprehension or test taking skills, visit these two on-campus resources for help.
Reading and Study Skills Lab (330-972- 6551)
Counseling, Testing, and Career Center (330-972-7082)
The CT&CC is located in Simmons Hall Rm 304-306. It offers many help sessions for students, including: study skills, test taking skills, and reading comprehension skills. Click on their “College Survival Kit” to read about the various sessions.
Help one another out, if you can remember a style of question or topic area that was on your exam, share it with future test takers. Or, if you simply have some good study advice or resources to share, please contribute. To share your Praxis II experience and help out your fellow UA pre-service teachers, click on the icon below and email your contributions to the webmaster.
"Spotted" on the Praxis
There was a passage that you had to tell which work it came from. It was Catcher in the Rye
Know the genesis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Poems by John Keats; had to identify author
Match author to time period (Harlem Renaissance = Zora Neal Hurston & Langston Hughes; American Realist Period = Mark Twain; Transcendentalism = Emerson, Whitman, & Thoreau)
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